Review: Plymouth’s Best Football Fare

Seven Plymouth locales serving up some fabulous football fare .

Football fans, get ready: The Super Bowl is fast approaching, which means it’s time to make some plans for watching the big game. And almost as important as your viewing destination is the mouth-watering array of food you’ll be devouring. We’ve scoured the area, and Plymouth boasts a number of great spots to enjoy the biggest game of the year. So don’t worry about cooking up a plethora of snacks for your friends; head to one of these game-day hotspots to root on your favorite team.


Grizzly’s Wood-fired Grill

Egg rolls might not be quintessential football fare, but then again, Grizzly’s Wood-fired Grill doesn’t serve just your average egg rolls. “These are unique because they feature our rotisserie smoked pulled pork and our homemade barbecue sauce,” general manager Garrick Fults says. Made from scratch, these crispy egg rolls are stuffed with pulled pork, cabbage, carrots and a touch of barbecue sauce ($8.99), served with a tangy hot mustard for dipping. 220 Carlson Pkwy. N.; 763.476.1011.


Old Chicago

You can catch all the game-day action at Old Chicago. In fact, the popular Plymouth sports bar subscribes to a DirecTV package, so you won’t miss a play-off match-up, but while you’re exuding all of your energy cheering on your team, you’ll need sustenance. We love the Sicilian pepperoni rolls ($8.50) for something a little different than your average pizza. These nuggets of goodness begin with Old Chicago’s fresh-made dough rolled around pepperoni, green onions and cheese, then baked to golden brown and served with homemade marinara. They’re also available as part of the Chi-Town trio, which boasts three Old Chicago favorites—Italian nachos, melted mozzarella bruschetta and the deliciously gooey pepperoni rolls ($11.95). Save room for a nice cold brew, because Old Chicago also boasts a lineup of world-class craft beers that includes 12 rotating taps plus 18 rotating popular local brews. 3505 Vicksburg Lane; 763.744.1221.


Jake’s City Grille

The lounge at Jake’s City Grille is the perfect place to watch the game, outfitted with TV screens, bar seating and comfy booths. For snack time, we love the spicy chicken or barbecue pulled pork quesadillas ($10.95). Large flour tortillas are stuffed with your choice of meat and mixed cheeses, and served with all of the typical fixings—lettuce, tomatoes, onions, black olives, sour cream and salsa. 3005 Harbor Lane N.; 763.559.1595.


Red Robin

Red Robin might be known for its big juicy burgers, but if you’re looking for some game-day nosh to share with your fellow fans, we recommend the towering onion rings ($9). What Red Robin calls a “golden monument,” this tower of crispy onions is piled high, and served with the restaurant’s own campfire sauce and ranch dressing. (If you don’t want to ruin your appetite, you can order the short stack for just $5.) 2669 Campus Drive; 763.559.7576.


Lucky’s 13 Pub

With televisions at every angle, you won’t miss a single play while watching the game at Lucky’s 13 Pub. Along with the usual game-day grub, Lucky’s boasts a mouth-watering plate of Korean beef tacos ($9.49). The thinly sliced beef is marinated, then carefully seared on the griddle before being stuffed into three fire-grilled flour tortillas and topped with spicy slaw and tortilla strips. Lucky’s also features happy hour all day on Sundays, along with a variety of discounts on drinks and selected appetizers. 3000 Harbor Lane N.; 763.746.0071.


Cowboy Jack’s Saloon

The folks at Cowboy Jack’s Saloon take their football games very seriously. So seriously, in fact, the popular Plymouth eatery offers 2 lbs. of its infamous wings for just $5. (We’re not kidding, but during Vikings games only.) “Our wing specials are incredibly popular during football season,” marketing director Jesi Konen says. This bucket of crispy wings is served with your choice of sauce—hot, mild, barbecue, teriyaki, Slim’s dry rub or chili garlic sauce. But since the Vikings didn’t make the post-season this year, Cowboy Jack’s also features Super Bowl specials one hour before the game until one hour post-game February 2. Deals include $3 beers, $5 buckets of bone-in wings and a free taco bar at halftime. 4120 Berkshire Lane N.; 763.559.0257.


Cooper Pub

If you decide to root on your favorite players at Cooper Pub’s bar, be sure you order a plate of Reuben rolls. This unusual take on the classic sammy combines corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut inside a spring roll that’s fried golden brown ($9) and served with a side of Thousand Island dressing. Of course you’ll want to pair them with the perfect pour of Guinness, served in a 20 oz. imperial pint tulip glass straight from St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin. 1607 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park; 952.698.2000.